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Studios and tech companies together against P2P piracy?

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 Feb 2006 1:20 User comments (5)

Studios and tech companies together against P2P piracy? Even though the number of P2P users connected to networks continues to rise despite litigation, and more and more BitTorrent sites pop up despite raids and lawsuits, studio officials and others involved in combating piracy say there is reason for optimism. This claim comes from the reality that more and more consumer electronics companies and even Internet service providers become interested in developing new methods of distributing digital content.
"Since the Grokster case was decided, there has been a significant shift in mindset," Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) executive VP Fritz Attaway said at the Media Summit sponsored by McGraw Hill. "I think there’s much more of a sense of shared interest in doing something about the problem, not just among the companies I represent but among many of the technology companies that used to oppose us. Look at Verizon, they were on the other side of the Grokster case, but now they’re a content provider and they share interests with us."

Consumer Electronics Assn. VP government affairs Michael Petricone concurred. "Both the studios and the consumer electronics companies share a massive interest in moving forward in developing new digital distribution businesses," he said. Also agreeing, but itching to point out that the movie industry is only really beginning to get an idea about digital distribution now, Michael Weiss, CEO of Grokster's co-defendant Streamcast Networks, says that P2P companies were always willing to work closely with Studios.

"If you look at what Warner just announced in Germany, the studios are finally starting to embrace peer-to-peer," Weiss said. "We’ve said all along that we could be an ally of the content companies." He is referring to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's plan to launch a movie download service in Germany that is based on P2P technology. The major question is though, what way does consumer attitude move toward? The entertainment industry believes that consumer attitudes are changing due to the massive rise in legitimate downloading. Of course, this phenomenon could also simply be explained by the fact that legal services have only just arrived?

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5 user comments

115.2.2006 4:47

first the issue of compaines crating a good clean reliable product hasnt happened for about ten years most just put it out on the market and thenput out patches or the mystory update... they need to held acountable for flaws in the products why should the comsumers always carry the burden of buying something that isnt what it was advetised to do?microsoft is one of the worst and games rate right up there with them then add sony/bmg and their issues and they wonder why comsumer coffadense falls in a company... the only company i have found as of late that wants you to use its products is Side effects software their Houdine package cost 17,000.00 but you can download the whole program right from their website and sing on as an apprentise get full copy of their software and use and learn it but you cant sell any work you make... but you get to use it free... its a no brainer the learning curve is hard but once you do master it you can get a job working for the likes of pixar and other anamators but you learned to do it free and unlike buying a package and finding out its not all the promised.

215.2.2006 18:47

mystic not to emtniont thier not intrested in makeing ti where you can return the damn software and get your money back they want to make that illiage or at the least impossaple... I dont get it they have to hack into a US persons comp and dont ahve to pay hacking fines or they can pay a british company to hack into it...both ways lead tot eh same thing why is this any diffrent from other illaiage thigns if you can prove they hacked into your comp you can sue them back the act of hacking is illagae!

321.2.2006 8:55

so if i got massive fines for pirated music i could sue government for hacking my comp and use that to pay off my fines???...........(hypothetical question)

422.2.2006 12:01

vegeta66 it would be somehting but..the problem is I think the courts have already desied as long as the hacking dose not take palce on US soil meaning they could hack from other countries...but thier are laws agist even that....we need someone with knowagle of the Hackign laws to tell us what is and what is not doable.

525.2.2006 19:16

I wish they would shutup about piracy. Its ridiculus.

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